We are on “round one” of our home renovation. Round one is defined thus: get it clean, get it livable, and get some paint on the walls for the sheer relief of my eyeballs! Round two will be more important things like, replacing floors, windows, maybe even getting doors which open and shut…novel concept to be sure. Let’s not underestimate round one though…it may be small budget stuff, but it’s a ferocious beast. Want evidence? I have plenty. This way if you please…this is my dining room before paint….and before extreme sanitary measures were taken.
And this is my dining room after paint…white to the walls, black to the doors.
See that wall separating the kitchen and the dining room? I wish I had a close up shot of the counter before I messed with it, It was so. gross. I don’t even have words really. I didn’t want to clean it or look at it, I wanted it gone. Every last splinter of it…until I found out how much it costs to install ducking and an AC system (ouch!)…and then I discovered that the upstairs bathroom needs all new pluming (double ouch!). So the wall and I had some counseling (as in, the hubs put his foot down and said no-can-do) and we learned to like each other. Really, I think we resolved our differences quite nicely. Although, I’m still perplexed as to why anyone would want the same materials that are on the floor, to also cover the counter. It does illustrate how nicely my floors could look if/when we refinish them though. It matches fairly well, although not perfectly, with the wood counter tops we put down in the kitchen. (Don’t miss part one of the kitchen remodel HERE!)
Next we have this little situation in the corner here.
The swinging saloon doors were the first thing to go. Saloon doors to a kitchen? I’m not sure I want to understand. Entirely too many doors going on right there me thinks. The corner cabinet is quaint, but, in my opinion, it’s a waist of space. It’s hard to make the shelves all that useful since they are triangle shaped. I do so enjoy things that are useful, and square. Again though, budgets must be considered (unless it’s Congress we’re talking about, but for the rest of us…). After deliberating the cost of leaving it vs. ripping it out, I went with a paint job for the time being.
Why the massive fruit basket on the top shelf you ask? Simple. To chuck all my mail until I’m ready to sort it of course. Don’t pretend like you don’t have one too. I hung the mirror there to try to create the illusion of more space. For a dining room, this is a pretty tight little spot. (You can read more about that black painted door and the entry way, HERE) The other remarkable change to this dining room, which caused me unreasonable amounts of joy I might add, is the update to the lights. These two little lights might as well have been candles for all the good they were doing.
We switched them out to these two flush mount lights. I wanted sparkly, little chandeliers or pendent lights, but they would have visually cluttered up the already small space. These still look classy, but don’t over crowd the space. (You can see the rest of the lights we updated HERE.) I can’t remember if these came from Lowes or Home Depot, but it was one of the two.
I don’t have any intention to mess with the wood ceilings throughout the down stairs. I like wood, just not wood everywhere you look! It gives a nod to the original look of the house to leave some of the wood as is. Here’s a nice little teaser picture for you. This shot is from the living room looking toward the dining room and kitchen.
Don’t be jealous. You know red carpet is amazing. And here is the updated look….
…You’ll have to swing back around later to see the living room update. It’ll knock your socks off…or your super cute gold flats from Target that you just love to pieces as the case may be. This room makeover was very inexpensive, because we followed the ways I shared HERE to save money. I hope this post encourages you to A. appreciate the fact that your own home is not as hideous as you thought or B. to at least do what you can do when a project is large, expensive and overwhelming. What you can do may make more of a difference than you thought!
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…
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